NASCAR playoffs at Kansas: Lineup, predictions, schedule, what to know for Cup race

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Regular season champion Kyle Larson has won the past two NASCAR Cup playoff races. His latest win at Texas to open the Round of 8 locked him into the Championship 4 at Phoenix in November. Seven other drivers are looking to secure their spot in that season finale showdown with a win this weekend at Kansas Speedway.

The Hollywood Casino 400 is Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBCSN.

Larson is starting the race on the pole with Ryan Blaney in the front row. Kyle Busch, who starts fourth this weekend behind Brad Keselowski in third, won NASCAR’s last Cup race at Kansas during the regular season. This is the final 1.5-mile track on the schedule this year with only Martinsville and Phoenix remaining after Sunday.

Joey Logano, who starts eighth, leads the Cup Series in playoff wins at Kansas with three victories, his latest being in 2020. However, Larson’s consistency on 1.5-mile tracks makes him the favorite to win for the second week in a row, per BetMGM odds. He is favored at +225 followed by Denny Hamlin (+600), Kyle Busch (+700) and Chase Elliott (+750), according to the site. Among those drivers, only Hamlin has won a playoff race so far this year. His two post-season victories came at Darlington and Las Vegas.

Larson leads the series in points standings followed by Blaney (+17), Hamlin (+9), Busch (+8), Elliott (-8), Keselowski (-15), Truex (-22) and Logano (-43).

NASCAR AT KANSAS PREDICTIONS

Busch might have the latest win at Kansas, but he was frustrated with the speed and setup of his car last weekend at Texas, which is a 1.5-mile, 550 horsepower package track like Kansas. Larson, meanwhile, looked smooth the whole race, winning the second stage and battling alongside teammate William Byron. Three Ford cars finished in the top five in the last race at Kansas (Kevin Harvick, Keselowski and Matt DiBenedetto in second through fourth, respectively), so this race could provide a breakthrough opportunity for a Penske car during what has been an otherwise quiet postseason for the team. But can they by Larson to win it? Based on the No. 5 team’s recent performance, I doubt it. I predict Larson will make it three wins in a row this weekend.

HOW TO WATCH NASCAR AT KANSAS CUP RACE

  • Race:Hollywood Casino 400
  • Distance: 400.5 miles (267 laps) with stages ending on laps 80, 160 and 267
  • Where: Kansas Speedway
  • When:Sunday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. EST
  • TV: NBCSN
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
  • Purse: $7,972,577

NASCAR AT KANSAS STARTING LINEUP

Order Driver Car No.
1 Kyle Larson 5
2 Ryan Blaney 12
3 Brad Keselowski 2
4 Kyle Busch 18
5 Chase Elliott 9
6 Denny Hamlin 11
7 Martin Truex Jr. 19
8 Joey Logano 22
9 William Byron 24
10 Christopher Bell 20
11 Kevin Harvick 4
12 Tyler Reddick 8
13 Kurt Busch 1
14 Austin Dillon 3
15 Matt DiBenedetto 21
16 Daniel Suárez 99
17 Erik Jones 43
18 Michael McDowell 34
19 Chase Briscoe 14
20 Aric Almirola 10
21 Chris Buescher 17
22 Cole Custer 41
23 Corey LaJoie 7
24 Ross Chastain 42
25 Alex Bowman 48
26 BJ McLeod 78
27 Bubba Wallace 23
28 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47
29 Anthony Alfredo 38
30 Josh Bilicki 52
31 Ryan Newman 6
32 Ryan Preece 37
33 Justin Haley 77
34 Ryan Ellis 15
35 Quin Houff 0
36 Cody Ware 51
37 Chad Finchum 66
38 David Starr 13
39 Joey Gase 53
40 Parker Kilgerman 96
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